Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Cooking w/ the Saints!

Nope, this is not about cooking with a couple of football players...but something more interesting...I wish I knew about this church when I visited Siem Reap a couple of years ago.


Come cook with our Saints at St. Veronica Catholic Church in Chantilly.

On Saturday, October 1, we are honoring the Catholic Church in the town of Siem Reap in Cambodia. The church’s Patron Saint is Saint John the Apostle. As the church’s website states about its parish, “There are about 35 families consisting of about 150 people, most of them Cambodians. Among them are some expatriates working and living in Siem Reap.”

The guest speakers are Marie Chea, a Cambodian Catholic, and Demaz Baker, a Cambodian cook, both living in Northern Virginia.

The population of Cambodia was decimated by the Khmer Rouge with some estimates stating that 20 percent of the population were lost. The Catholic community was particularly hard hit with Catholicism nearly destroyed, and some figures say that the Catholics in Cambodia today number about 20,000 with a total of 30 parishes and 27 priests. Students will learn how courageous Cambodian Catholics are helping to rebuild their country.

St. John the Apostle became our Lord’s “beloved disciple” because he was the only disciple who did not forsake Jesus. He remained at the foot of the cross, and Jesus made him the guardian of his Mother, Mary. The students will learn about the life of this beloved Saint.

The two-and-a-half-hour Saturday afternoon classes include hands-on instruction, kitchen safety tips, a chance to sit down and eat what students cooked, and a take-home folder of the recipes so participants can cook “saintly” meals at home.

Price: $15 per session. Class size limited to 12. Time: 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at St. Veronica Catholic Church, 3460 Centreville Rd., Chantilly. For information or to register, please call Sandy Greeley, 703-471-6454.

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